LAGOS – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate suspension of Ibrahim Magu as acting chairman of the nation’s anti-graft body, Africa Tembelea has learnt.
In a statement on Friday, Justice Minister Abubakar Malami said the suspension of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission chairman was to allow for an unhindered inquiry by the presidential investigation panel under the Tribunals of Inquiry Act and other relevant laws.
Magu, a career police officer, was arrested on Monday by a combined team of Department of State Services (DSS) personnel and policemen at the Wuse II office of the EFCC to face an inter-agency committee investigating corruption allegations against him. He was suspended 24-hours after the first probe which extended to about four days.
Magu was then detained at the FCID in Area 10, Abuja, on Monday night on the orders of the committee that also questioned him on Tuesday morning.
His arrest came days after attorney-general of the federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami accused the anti-graft czar of gross infractions in a report where he recommended Magu’s sack to Buhari.
Africa Tembelea understands that a deputy police commissioner Mohammed Umar has been appointed as EFCC acting chairman while Magu’s trial for alleged corruption continues.